Research – Anonymous Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site Launched

Quality Assurance Mag

VIENNA — The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) announced the launch of the Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site.

“Across the world, most food industry employees dare not report information about safety concerns externally because of the consequences of their employer finding out who they are. Some employees follow their conscience and the consequence is, that while saving people from harm, they often lose their job and may possibly suffer worse consequences. That is still the fate of many whistleblowers. For that reason, the GHI has developed an anonymous food safety incident reporting site. The emphasis is on anonymous and we have taken web-based privacy safeguards to ensure this. While filling in the online report, the reporter is also frequently reminded not to reveal anything that would make it possible to identify themselves” said Huub Lelieveld, GHI president.

Currently available in English, the site will soon be made available in local languages, GHI said. All of the serious incident reports that GHI receives will be evaluated by a team of food safety experts. For those concerns that GHI confirms as what it called “serious” (i.e., that could cause serious harm to consumers), GHI will inform the local authorities within the country of interest and ask them to investigate. The site is being launched together with a social media awareness campaign for people working in the food and beverage industry, to report any serious safety concerns that they have.

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